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Safety And Health

Obtain adequate health insurance before travelling. Prior to treatment, visitors may need to show proof of ability to pay, though some emergency services are provided free of charge. Standards of care and training are excellent, but equipment and drugs are often in short supply.


Tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is ubiquitous, but boiling water is recommended to limit plastic waste. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products (with the exception of some cheap ice creams) are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafoods and fruit are generally considered safe to eat.


Dengue fever may occur as well as outbreaks of dengue haemorrhagic fever and meningitis, particularly in urban areas such as Havana and Santiago. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination should be considered. If bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

All the little nasty’s you’d expect in any tropical country are here, though there really is no need to compromise your travels worrying about what you might catch. There are, however a few precautions you should take before leaving your country and you should consult your medical practitioner in good time before arriving here.


Cholera; Rabies; Tetanus – Visitors are advised to take necessary precautions. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.

Consider also booster for Hepatitis A.

Malaria is not normally present unless the illness was contracted abroad.

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